Why Catholic education?

Catholic schools are centred on the person of Jesus Christ and are called to live and proclaim the message of the Gospel.

Supported by, and in collaboration with, the Catholic community of which they are a vital part, Catholic schools encourage staff, students and their families into a personal relationship with Jesus, challenging them to find, through Him, meaning and value in their lives.

The school is an integral part of the parish and pastoral region’s program of outreach to families. Enrolment in a Catholic school enables the local Catholic community to offer support to parents in the faith education of their children. In addition, Catholic schools contribute significantly to the Australian community by promoting quality education and a just and tolerant society.

Does my child need to be Catholic to attend St Clare’s?

No. St Clare’s is open to all who want to share its educational goal, inspired by Christian principles. In accordance with each school’s enrolment vacancies, preference is given to students currently enrolled in a CDMN Catholic primary school, siblings of students currently enrolled in the Catholic secondary school, Catholic families from non-pathway schools who are baptised Catholic and who live in the local parish. However, schools are open to all who wish to be guided in their education by the principles and teachings of Christ.

All families and their children, Catholic or non-Catholic, are invited to have a Catholic education but must be willing to participate in the religious life of the school.

When is the enrolment period?

St Clare’s accepts enrolments at any time of the school year, however the official enrolment period for the following year is during Catholic Schools Week each March.

Should you wish to have your child attend a Catholic school, we encourage enquiries about availabilities midway through the year.

St Clare's High School, Taree, accepts students for Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12, from the parishes of Bulahdelah, Forster, Tuncurry, Gloucester/Krambach, Taree and Wingham.

Enrolment Process and Policy

In recent years the Catholic Diocese has received unprecedented demand for school entry across our Diocesan Schools. This Demand, combined with the desire to offer families a pathway for their children from kindergarten through to Year 12, has led to the Diocese revising and adjusting the Enrolment Policy.

The Policy sets out the prioritisation for enrolment in schools and applies to all students seeking enrolment at a Catholic School in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle (CDMN).

For further information on the enrolment prioritisation criteria please visit the CSO website using the link below:


Overseas students

A small number of places in schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle may be available to students on visas who share our Catholic faith and ethos. At the present time, no students with a visa subclass 500 are able to be enrolled into diocesan Catholic schools.

For more information, please see the Enrolment of Students on Visas Policy.

Provider name: Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle

CRICOS provider code: 03339D

For more information contact the Catholic Schools Office at info@mn.catholic.edu.au